New Meetup: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (TENTATIVE DATE)

From: Greg
Sent on: Friday, July 18, 2008 10:45 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for a ne{o}lit book club!

What: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (TENTATIVE DATE)

When: August 21,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: NOTE: I've not confirmed the date with the venue, nor am I sure I can even make that day. So it may move, but I want to get the book notification up there. You can always RSVP maybe if you feel clicky, or just wait until I can confirm the date.

Okay! So, Into the Wild it is. It was a damn close race and apparently people opted for the one that already has the movie version out (I keed, I keed).

So, our book for August is by another author we've already read. Last year we read Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer, a book I found to be curiously life-affirming. I read Into the Wild when it was originally released (I don't see a release date online, but it must have been late 90's) and found it to be a captivating story about a guy who you're going to have a hard time not thinking an idiot.

Edited Publisher's Weekly synopsis:
After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive, apparently stranded by an injury and slowly starving. They also reflect the posturing of a confused young man, raised in affluent Annandale, Va., who self-consciously adopted a Tolstoyan renunciation of wealth and return to nature. Krakauer, a contributing editor to Outside and Men's Journal, retraces McCandless's ill-fated antagonism toward his father, Walt, an eminent aerospace engineer. Krakauer also draws parallels to his own reckless youthful exploit in 1977 when he climbed Devils Thumb, a mountain on the Alaska-British Columbia border, partly as a symbolic act of rebellion against his autocratic father.

I'll aim to reread it, as it's been a while. I've not seen the movie, but maybe I will a day or two before the meetup to speak to those of you who opt for that backup plan as well. But it's a very good book, I found, and would recommend it.

The following month we'll likely do A Thousand Splendid Suns, so if you bought the thing, all is not lost. (Er, because you're reading for fun and personal enjoyment and satisfaction.)

I'll get you a confirmed date/time sometime this weekend!

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